Ozone is a natural ingredient of the earth’s atmosphere, generated by solar energy, and is in the gaseous form at ambient conditions. It decomposes naturally in a matter of hours to normal molecular oxygen, leaving no residual compounds or toxins unlike other disinfectants.
Ozone is readily soluble in water, approx 3 to 4 times more so than oxygen, with a half-life of in water of 10 to 20 minutes under normal conditions.
Ozone is capable of destroying all bacteria, algae and biofilms with no risk of resistance build up or immunity. Even resistant and problematic aqueous micro organisms, such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, streptococcus fecalis and E.coli causing grave human health concerns in potable water, are readily and rapidly inactivated by ozone.
As the ozone gas is produced ‘in situ’ and without the use of chemicals, there are immediate environmental benefits: